Abstract:
We investigate the effects of the Chern-Simons coupling on the high energy behavior in the $(2+1)$-dimensional Chern-Simons QED with a four-Fermi interaction. Using the $1/N$ expansion we discuss the Chern-Simons effects on the critical four-Fermi coupling at $O(1/N)$ and the $\beta$ function around it. High-energy behavior of Green's functions is also discussed. By explicit calculation, we find that the radiative correction to the Chern-Simons coupling vanishes at $O(1/N)$ in the broken phase of the dynamical parity symmetry. We argue that no radiative corrections to the Chern-Simons term arise at higher orders in the $1/N$ expansion.

Abstract:
We apply the self consistency method for determining critical exponents to a model with a four fermi interaction coupled to QED and compute various gauge independent exponents in arbitrary dimensions in the large $N$ expansion at $O(1/N)$. The formalism is developed to include a Chern Simons term in three dimensions and the effect such a term has on the exponents is deduced.

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In (2+1) dimensions, we consider the model of a $N$ flavor, two-component fermionic field interacting through a Chern-Simons field besides a four fermion self-interaction which consists of a linear combination of the Gross-Neveu and Thirring like terms. The four fermion interaction is not perturbatively renormalizable and the model is taken as an effective field theory in the region of low momenta. Using Zimmerman procedure for reducing coupling constants, it is verified that, for small values of the Chern-Simons parameter, the origin is an infrared stable fixed point but changes to ultraviolet stable as $\alpha$ becomes bigger than a critical $\alpha_c$. Composite operators are also analyzed and it is shown that a specific four fermion interaction has an improved ultraviolet behavior as $N$ increases.

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We analyze some features of the perturbative quantization of Chern-Simons theory (CST) in the Landau gauge. In this gauge the theory is known to be perturbatively finite. We consider the renormalization scheme in which the renormalized parameter $k$ equals the bare or classical one and show that it constitutes a natural parametrization for the quantum theory. The reason is that, although in this renormalization scheme the value of the Green functions depends on the regularization used, comparison among different regularization methods shows that the observables (Wilson loops) are the same function of the shifted monodromy parameter $k+c_v$ for all BRS invariant regulators used so far for CST. We also discuss a particular BRS invariant regularization prescription in which CST is perturbatively defined as the large mass limit of dimensionally regularized topologically massive Yang-Mills theory. With this regularization prescription the radiative corrections induced by two-loop contributions do not entail observable consequences since they can be reabsorbed by a finite rescaling of the fields only. This very mechanism is conjectured to take place at higher perturbative orders. Talk presented by G.G. at the NATO AWR on ``Low dimensional Topology and Quantum Field Theory'', 6-13 September 1992, Cambridge (UK).

Abstract:
We give a very simple proof that the renormalization of the Chern-Simons coupling in the Wilsonian effective action is exhausted at one-loop. Our proof can apply to arbitrary 2+1-dimensional abelian as well as nonabelian gauge theories without a bare Chern-Simons coupling, including any non-renormalizable interactions and non-minimal couplings. Our proof reveals that small (but not large) gauge invariance is enough to ensure the absence of higher order corrections.

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The composite fermion picture has had a remarkable number of recent successes both in the description of the fractional quantized Hall states and in the description on the even denominator Fermi liquid like states. In this review we give an introductory account of the Chern-Simons fermion theory, focusing on the description of the even denominator states as unusual Fermi liquids. Contents include: 1. Introduction 2. Introduction to Chern-Simons Fermions 3. RPA 4. Landau Fermi Liquid Theory and MRPA 5. Magnetization and M2RPA 6. Perturbative Approaches and Trouble in the Infrared 7. Wavefunction Picture of Composite Fermions and Dipole Approach 8. Selected Experiments 9. Last Words

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We analyze an abelian gauge model in 3 dimensions which includes massless scalar matter fields. By controlling the trace anomalies with a local dilatation Ward identity, we show that, in perturbation theory and within the BPHZL scheme, the Chern-Simons term has no radiative corrections. This implies, in particular, the vanishing of the corresponding $\beta$ function in the renormalization group equation.

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We introduce a new family of gauge invariant regularizations of Chern-Simons theories which generate one-loop renormalizations of the coupling constant of the form $k\to k+2 s c_v$ where $s$ can take any arbitrary integer value. In the particular case $s=0$ we get an explicit example of a gauge invariant regularization which does not generate radiative corrections to the bare coupling constant. This ambiguity in the radiative corrections to $k$ is reminiscent of the Coste-L\"uscher results for the parity anomaly in (2+1) fermionic effective actions.

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We consider the model of a massless charged scalar field, in (2+1) dimensions, with a self interaction of the form $lambda (\phi^* \phi)^3$ and interacting with a Chern Simons field. We calculate the renormalization group $\beta$ functions of the coupling constants and the anomalous dimensions $\gamma$ of the basic fields. We show that the interaction with the Chern Simons field implies in a $\beta_{\lambda}$ which suggests that a dynamical symmetry breakdown occurs. We also study the effect of the Chern Simons field on the anomalous dimensions of the composite operators $(\phi^* \phi)^n$, getting the result that their operator dimensions are lowered.

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In 2+1 dimensions, for low momenta, using dimensional renormalization we study the effect of a Chern-Simons field on the perturbative expansion of fermions self interacting through a Gross Neveu coupling. For the case of just one fermion field, we verify that the dimension of operators of canonical dimension lower than three decreases as a function of the Chern-Simons coupling.